Sprucing up for Spring at Stars . . . AND a Big sale!

Out with the red and pink and hearts in my booth at Stars, and time to spruce the space up for Spring!

P1180941Front focal point display with whites, creams and metallics.  Just working with what I have on hand in my booth for now BECAUSE I really need ROOM for lots of new stuff!

P1180939And to MAKE that room I am having a 50% off sale!  EVERYTHING except already reduced ‘red tag’ sale items will be HALF OFF.  Discount will be given at check-out.  No specific ‘end date’ for this sale as of yet.  I’ll keep it going until I’ve sold enough stuff to make the room I need for the new inventory.  (and hopefully enough room to bring the BED back in!)

P1180950In the meantime, I’ll continue to ‘mix things up’ and style new vignettes to inspire you for Spring decorating, using what I have on hand.  Vintage Madonna statues and vases, pedestals and urns.

P1180949Adding a few more metallic items with those silver and gold boxes.

P1180948This is actually the BACK side of the front display.

P1180951But it SHOWS as you round the corner, so I may as well ‘market the space’!

P1180952I always really enjoy going with the lighter colors for Spring.

P1180953Vintage inspired felt hearts with lace and buttons.

P1180961Will be building on the Paris themed items when I bring in new product.

P1180962Not many of these reproduction shoe form wall hooks left.  Normally $9.00.  They’ll go fast at half price!

P1180958Small Paris carrying case and burlap pillows.

P1180957Glass apothecary jars and cloches.

P1180960Vintage ceramic frames; one an art deco style and the others a floral motif, are perfect for hanging ‘blank’ where you just need a ‘little something’.

P1180963A new display in the giant white lantern.

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An urn works perfectly as a paper crown stand!

P1180975Lots of birds on pedestals and with crowns, of course!

P1180989Lots of the vintage grubby book bundles still available.

P1180987Not very many frames left at the moment.  (I need to find a new stash of them to paint!)

P1180942Fabulous shabby black plant stand!

P1180944Vintage cherub urns look pretty in this back-lit photo!

P1180945Some have plates added to turn them into dessert stands.

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Lots of signs available, as always!

P1180946Had your eye on some new white Ironstone pieces??  NOW is the time to grab them!

P1180984I’ll keep this sale going until enough stuff has sold down for a MAJOR re-do of my booth.

STARS IS OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK; 11AM – 6PM.

~ SAVINGS ALERT! ~ FOUR DAY SALE AT STARS ~ 50% OFF MY BOOTH! Friday 1/16 through Monday 1/19 (MLK Day)

haggle-sale-LOW RESThey call it their “HAGGLE SALE”, and many of the dealers will be on site to wheel and deal fabulous prices on the items in their booths.  Weather permitting, there will be additional sale items outside on the sidewalk during sale hours.

All three stores will be participating in the sale, and each individual dealer chooses HOW they want to participate; via on site haggling, or offering a percent off items in their booth.  Signs will be posted in participating booths indicating their sale terms.

Since I am not able to be there during the sale AND since I really don’t LIKE to haggle on prices, I am offering HALF OFF all regular priced items in my booth during this sale.  (* Already reduces ‘red tag sale’ items are NOT included in the sale’ *)

Just stocked lots of Valentine decor and gifts, added lots more ironstone dishes and as much furniture as I can cram into a 10′ x 10′ space! Here are the pictures:

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50% OFF ALL REGULAR PRICED ITEMS IN MY BOOTH ST STARS; FRIDAY – MONDAY; JANUARY 16-19, 2015.  Discount will be given at checkout.

LOVE and Bliss banners

Time for some ‘Valentine’ themed banners.

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P1170677I just learned that these are called ‘swallow tail’ shaped banners.  Backing of vintage sheet music, vintage dictionary page rosette, black paper with gold dots scalloped edge circle and gold letters with bling!

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P1170687I just happened to find these letters in a single package, as opposed to having to dig out the letters I need from an alphabet set then try to figure out what to do with all the leftovers!

P1170688Decided to try a super simple one.

P1170690Just the sheet music triangle banner and letter.

P1170689What do you think?  Too plain?  Other ones too much?

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P1170695Pink bliss!

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Hand folded crepe paper for the pink.

P1170706Pink love banner.

P1170707Pink crepe paper rosette topped with small dictionary page rosette.

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P1170703Swallow tail banner of vintage sheet music, tea stained paper doily, dictionary page rosette, kraft paper oval then letter.

P1170713And a PARIS banner, just for fun!

P1170709Tea stained paper doily topped with white crepe paper rosette with tea stained edges, dictionary page round, small scalloped edge round, letter.

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All of these have gone to my booth at Stars.

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***  Forgot to mention that all the banner bases have been mounted to cardboard backing for stability.

Just a few more aqua tables . . .

Nothing new or different or exciting.  Just some more old tables that I repainted aqua.  Same old, same old!  But HEY!  They SELL!!

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I can’t even count how many of this exact same style of tables I have done over the years!  A very basic, simple style.  One of those put it together yourself ‘kit’ tables.

P1160364The top had a fair amount of warping from water damage.  I suppose I could have spent HOURS sanding it to a perfectly flat surface.  But the more time I spend on a project, the more I have to charge for it.  Sometimes it’s worth the ‘investment’ (of time and effort); sometimes not.  In this case it was not.  You just can’t charge that much for a little table like this.

P1160365So I ‘worked with’ the flaws and distressed the rest of the table accordingly.

P1160367Very similar to the previous one, but not water damaged; and this one had been base-coated (POORLY so! very splotchy) with white.  I thought about continuing with the white, but then I remembered how many times in the past I have had to haul white pieces back home from my booth, to repaint aqua, because they didn’t sell!

P1160371Just a few bits of distressing on this one as I didn’t want a lot of the white to show through.

P1160374BIG, oval Danish style coffee table with lovely curved legs, but quite a scratched up top.

P1160376I was dealing with ‘weather issues’ when I painted these three pieces.  It turned really DAMP out overnight and I found them COVERED with stuck on gnats the next morning!!!  ACK!!  And the paint was WETTER than the day before.  Had to wipe off the first layer of paint and finish painting them inside the house.  Turned the washer/dryer into a make-do painting station.

I REALLY got behind on my furniture painting last summer because it was SO dang hot outside!!  I just can’t handle working outside in over 90 degree temps; which we had for MOST of the summer.  Hottest summer on record for Oregon, I think they had said.

Consequently, no really BIG furniture pieces for me this year.  sigh.  Oh well, the small ones always sell better.  But the big pieces LOOK so fabulous in my booth!

P1160382All three of these tables have gone to my booth at Stars Antique Mall in Portland.

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50% off in my booth at Stars this Saturday & Sunday only

All three Stars stores are having a BIG SALE this Saturday and Sunday; 11am – 6pm.  Each booth owner chooses what % off they want to offer; and I am offering

50% OFF ALL REGULAR PRICED ITEMS IN MY BOOTH.

(This will NOT include ‘already discounted’ items with the ‘red sale tags’)

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I spent 10 HOURS fluffing and stocking my booth this week, and it is JAM-PACKED for this sale!

P1170230Lots of unique hand crafted gift boxes and gift items.

P1170224Why not give something they can really USE??  Small furniture pieces make great gifts too.

P1170226Classic white dishes are always in style.

P1170170Collectible tureens (filled with sweets or a gift card?!?)

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Cupcake stands.  Add a hand crafted ornament to the package instead of a bow.  Reduce and reuse!

P1170207Upcycled jewelry boxes.  Perfect for wrapping a piece of jewelry in!

P1170218Encrusted with vintage buttons.

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Topped with a little nest and a bird.

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Vintage finds; as found.

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I always add a handful of my own hand cut and hand mixed paper shred to gift gift boxes.  This year I bagged up extra ‘sheet music’ paper shred.  It is hand folded and hand cut.  Save it to use again and again!

P1170169Of course there is plenty of Christmas decor too.   Unique and upcycled.

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Classic gold.

P1170177Traditional Red!

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Green!

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Wall decor.

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Decorated vintage ice skate instead of a wreath for your front door.

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Paper rosette wreath ‘alternatives’ for indoor decor.

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Peace on earth vintage atlas rosette wreath.

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And ornaments.

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Lots ans LOTS of ornaments!

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One of a kind banners.

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Glass apothecary jars, big and small!

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Cloches and dessert stands make a great display for special treasures.

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Stack up several desert stands to display cookies and candies on.

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Decorative holiday pillows.

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Plenty of turquoise/aqua gifts, decor and gift boxes of course!

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Little birds with crowns, always a staple in my booth!

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Decorated mach gift boxes.

P1170200Even a simple vintage bottle brush tree looks special under a glass cloche.

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Vintage glittered gold stars, to top your tree or tie onto a BIG wrapped gift!

P1170213White Christmas scenes, dessert stands and owls (with crowns, of course!)

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After dessert is done, just plop A Christmas scene atop your dessert stand for an instant centerpiece!

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LOTS of signs in stock for Christmas  giving!

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At 50% off this weekend, why not but one for yourself too!?!

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Like I said, my booth is JAM-PACKED!!

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Don’t forget to shop the OUTSIDE aisle too!  LOTS more product on the back side!

P1170229Vintage Madonna statues are a popular collectible.

P1170233This vintage French poodle is a decanter!  Very unique!

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White and silver decor works for New Years too!

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50% off sale, in my booth at Stars;  THIS Saturday and Sunday only

END of SUMMER SALE @ STARS

The big “End of Summer” sale starts TODAY at all three Stars locations; and runs through Labor Day.

As always, each vendor decides what type of discount they will be offering, and signs are posted in each booth telling you what % off items each booth are.

ALL “Regular Priced” (*) items in my booth are HALF OFF for the sale.

(*) Sale discount is NOT valid on already reduced ‘red tagged’ sale items.

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Vintage oval picnic basket

P1150081The SHAPE of this vintage picnic basket is what first caught my eye on the shelf at the thrift store.  Picked it up and noticed the meticulously painted Noah’s Ark design on the lid.  (and that it’s painted BACKwards!  This is the direction that the basket open from!?!?  oops!)

P1150079I really almost didn’t want to destroy this beautiful painting!!  And I COULD have unhinged the existing lid, traced out the size on a new piece of wood, and easily replaced it.  But then what would I DO with the painted lid???  Donate it BACK to the thrift store?  I’ve been donating MORE than enough stuff lately, so I sanded off the design.  ***(and you DO need to SAND it off, because the paint lines would shoe through otherwise)

P1150134Don’t forget to check for clean ‘innards’ before you buy!  I NEVER buy picnic baskets that have fabric linings attached.  How the heck do you CLEAN the fabric?!?!  Occasionally though, I have found fabric lined ones where the lining can easily be ripped out.

P1150129LOTS of sanding to completely remove the original painting, a couple of coats of paint, a stenciled on design (facing the correct direction!) and a coat of varnish and done!

P1150132Just cleaned up the rest of the wood and left it ‘as is’ since it had a nice vintage patina.

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P1150167Available in my booth at Stars for $32.00.

P1150168The ‘plain top’ split lid basket beneath it is $25.00.

Another step stool

P1150091This is the second one of these that I’ve found recently.  My intention was to keep this second one for myself.

P1150116Painted it aqua, distressed it and was going to call it good; but decided to add a design to this one since I had left the first one plain.

P1150119I use my orbital sander for all the distressing on pieces like this.

P1150117Since it’s going to be getting stepped on a LOT, I gave it  TWO coats of varnish to extra durability.

P1150136I liked it SO much more than the plain white one that I decided to put this one in my booth at Stars and bring the white one home for me to use.  Price is $ 24.00.

P1120169And it’s albino twin has come home to live with me!

Check THIS out!!

COUNTRY LIVING’S list of best colors.  Guess what the Number ONE color is?!?!?  That must have been the paint chip that was missing on the RL board a few weeks ago when I bought my paint.  Good thing I had another sample piece for them to match the color to!

Guess i was just a little ‘ahead of the times’ when I selected it as MY number one color eight years ago!

And speaking of color . . .  Here are a few newly painted items that I just took to my booth at Stars:

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Wood step stool with handle hole.

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Vintage oval picnic basket with painted lid.

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Painted carrier with Paris chic stencil.

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And two rounded corner shelves (back to back).

UPdated two drawer night stand

P1140879The previous 2 night stands that I took to Stars have sold already.  Just updated this one and took it in to my booth.

P1140880Not a terribly ‘exciting’ piece, but drawers are always a big plus; and these drawers were super clean to boot!

P1150012Avery light sanding and a coat of primer to prep this piece since the body of it was constructed of the ‘dreaded particle board’!  But the drawers were constructed of pine at least!  As always, I painted the backside.

P1150010 Distressing along the edges really brings out the detail.  Didn’t ‘heavily distress’ the top, sides and drawer fronts because the white primer coat showed through.  Had to sand extra hard to get down to the brown.

P1150008Those dated handles HAD to go.  Fortunately I had a thrifted pair that fit the existing holes.  (otherwise I’d have to fill the holes with putty and drill new ones and somehow disguise the old holes because even though they have been filled and painted over, then still ‘show’.)

P1150009The detail on the bottom shows up a lot more with distressing.

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P1150013These drawers were SO clean that they didn’t NEED to be lined; but just for fun I put some old Atlas pages in them.

P1150030Available in my booth st Stars for $62.00.

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